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Top Choice Books in Chennai

Higginbothams

Open since 1844, this grand white building is reckoned to be India's oldest bookshop. It has a brilliant English-language selection, including travel and fiction books, and a good range of maps.
Books in Chennai

Starmark

Reliable modern bookshop stocking English-, Indian- and Tamil-language fiction and nonfiction, kids' books, magazines, Lonely Planet guides and other travel books. Also at Express Avenue mall.
Books in Chennai

Starmark

Smart bookshop with an excellent collection of English, Indian and Tamil fiction and nonfiction, India travel books and Lonely Planet guides. Also at Phoenix Market City.
Books in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Higginbothams

Good English-language book selection (including Lonely Planet guides). There's another branch on Commercial Rd.
Books in Ooty (Udhagamandalam)

Higginbothams

Well-known outlet with a good stash of English-language books and another branch up the hill.
Books in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Focus

Good collection of India-related and other English-language books (including Lonely Planet guides).
Books in Mamallapuram (Mahabalipuram)

Apollo Books

Good collection of books in several languages, to sell and swap.
Books in Puducherry (Pondicherry)

Librairie Kailash

Good selection of French-language India and Asia titles.
Books in Madurai

Gandhian Literature Society Bookshop

Tucked into a corner behind the Gandhi Memorial museum.